What’s the Difference Between Mandatory and Non-Mandatory Changes? Part 1

Many changes to labor law posters are considered non-mandatory. Do you need to post them?

You probably can guess that a mandatory labor law posting is one that employers are required to display. But did you know that not all changes to an existing mandatory posting are considered mandatory (that is, required) updates? In other words, sometimes an agency may make a change to a posting that does not require an employer to remove the previous posting and display the newest one. These are considered recommended but non-mandatory changes.

On average, more than 200 labor law changes occur each year, with approximately only 40% requiring employers to display new posters. State and federal agencies can change their labor law regulations at any time – and often do so without notifying businesses. Changes to a posting can take many forms, from revised content to formatting modifications, and not every change requires employers to post updated state or federal posters.

An agency may make what they consider non-mandatory changes, such as updating contact information on the posting, or including the name of a newly elected governor. Other times, an agency may substantially revise the content of their posting, like when a state raises its minimum wage rate.

GovDocs actively monitors all changes from more than 500 state and federal agencies in order to provide complete and accurate posters that keep our customers compliant. The GovDocs Research Department actively follows up with issuing agencies to determine which changes are considered mandatory so that our state and federal posters are updated with all mandatory changes and any non-mandatory changes that occurred prior to a mandatory update.

To read about a specific example of how this research can save your business time, money, and confusion, read Part 2 in our series.

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